Publication Date: 3rd May from Harper Collins
Source: Review Copy
Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behaviour, the apparent delight in hurting others… sometimes Beth is scared of her, and what she could be capable of.
Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without trace, and his girlfriend Clara is left desperate to discover what has happened to him.
A LIFE BUILT ON LIES
As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke’s long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept. Can she find him before it’s too late?
I was the BIGGEST fan of “Watching Edie” so when The Lies We Told appeared on my doorstep to say I was desperate to read it would be an understatement. In the end I read it in one sitting, once again Camilla Way has written a brilliantly emotional and very clever psychological thriller, with the theme of actions and consequences right at the heart of it.
The past/present vibe here worked so so well – way back we see Beth, desperately trying to connect with her daughter Hannah, a strange and darkly manipulative child, whilst her husband tries desperately to pretend all is fine. Then now we have Clara, whose partner Luke has gone missing – she is desperate to track him down, but starts to discover that neither he, nor his picture perfect family, are all that they appear. As the two strands come together it is unexpected, clever and extremely thought provoking.
The writing is pure class – the characters come alive, especially Hannah who is inordinately creepy, it was all beautifully done. The plotting is also divine – I got to about three quarters of the way through and STILL had no idea where it was going or what the outcome would be and that is very unusual these days and just added to the addictive nature of the read and the engagement with all the characters and their realities.
The Lies We Told is everything a psychological thriller should be. Cleverly obscure, character focused and absolutely riveting first page to last. I loved it.
Highly Recommended with bells on.
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